Parkinson’s disease – Freezing and Tremors

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease differ from one person to another. The symptoms vary and evolve as the disease grows. The symptoms which one might get in early stage of his life, the other person may not get that until later or simply not at all. Symptoms start to show when a person is between the ages of 50-60. They progress at a slow pace and often go unnoticed by family, friends and also the person who has Parkinson’s. It causes motor and non-motor symptoms. Motor symptoms affect the way you move and common one is tremors and freezing which affect movement of body. Tremor: Tremor is the first symptom to be noticed in Parkinson’s disease but not with tremor are likely to have Parkinson’s. They appear first on one arm or leg or one side of the patient’s body and may affect the chin, lip or tongue later. Tremor may affect both sides of the body as the disease progresses. It usually occurs when the patient is standing or sitting. Tremors become noticeable due to emotional and physical stress. Tips: Following are few tips to reduce tremors: • Get a regular massage. It soothes and relaxes the muscles which is necessary to relieve stress that cause stress. • Avoid caffeine and alcohol completely. • Try to perform bit difficult tasks when you feel well because of effective medication. • Do stretching exercise as recommended by your physical therapist. • Make sure to get plenty of rest. • Try to relax and keep yourself stress-free. Sit down frequently, breathe deep and relax your arms and shoulders. Freezing: Freezing, also...

Natural Remedies for Parkinson’s Disease

The world of medicine has become an extensively evolving concept, and since the 21st Century began, this niche has been experiencing a major revolution. However, there are some diseases, for which the thinkers have not yet found a cure, but these diseases can be controlled and limited to a certain stage. One of the major diseases which fall in this category is the Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is basically considered a degenerative disorder consisting of the central nervous system. The result of this degeneration is the termination of dopamine-consisting cells. Most medical professionals around the globe are of the view that this disease is basically caused by a combination of both, environmental and genetic factors. Some of the symptoms of this disease include characteristics such as tremors, poor balance and difficulty in walking. For example, simple tasks such as getting dressed may become a chore for you. Although there hasn’t been a cure derived yet for this disease, but there are certain natural remedies which you can use in order to prevent Parkinson’s, as well as reduce its side-effects.  Green Tea: Green Tea is claimed to contain polyphenol antioxidants which helps in fighting all the free radicals which have been incorporated in the body. Moreover, it contains theanine, which increases the dopamine level in the brain.  Healthy Eating Habits: A whole food diet is one of the best natural remedies against Parkinson’s. This diet must include fresh fruits, organic meat, vegetables. However, what the diet should not include are processed food items and grains. Moreover, constipation is a common aftereffect of Parkinson’s, hence, make sure to keep...

New Research shows a better hope at treating psychosis

One of the most significant side effects of Parkinson’s disease is psychosis and around one-third of the people with Parkinson’s disease will experience psychosis at some point in their lives. Sometimes, it’s the medicine that induce the symptoms, but mostly, it’s the disease itself. Psychosis is usually deemed as a scary term, because people having it can experience surreal and other unreal hearing and visual experiences. However, with expert care and right treatment, Parkinson’s disease associated psychosis can be treated and managed. Symptoms like delusions (believing in non-existential things), and hallucinations (seeing unreal things that aren’t there) can get better with treatment. There are many success stories of people with Parkinson’s disease who experienced reduced symptoms of psychosis, and if not properly eradicated, they were at least able to distinguish what’s real and what’s not, which still is a huge relief. However, it’s a real challenge to treat Parkinson’s diseases associated psychosis because most of the anti-psychotic drugs aren’t made for people with this disease. Medicines that are largely available in the market simply work by blocking dopamine from entering into the brain. But since Parkinson’s already reduces the dopamine levels in the body, further blocking it could become very dangerous for the PD patients. Psychosis is also closely related with the prescription of wrong medication. According to National Parkinson’s Foundation’s Centre of Excellence, symptoms of psychosis in the PD patients tend to get worse once they are hospitalised, because of the new routines and the changed medication. Earlier this year, a breakthrough research came up with a new drug, pimavanserin, which is the first ever anti-psychotic drug designed...

Identifying and dealing with the secondary side effects of Parkinson’s disease—part 2

Starting off from where we left, we talked about depression, sleep disturbances and digestive issues as the side effects of Parkinson’s disease in the part 1 of the read, here are the remaining ones: Urinary problems Just as the Parkinson’s disease affects your digestive system, similarly, it can also affect your urinary track system, making it weaker. This could be due to the medication used in the treatment that disrupts the autonomic nervous system’s performance. When that happens, there are chances of facing urinary incontinence, burning, etc. Difficulty eating In the later years of your life, people with Parkinson’s disease experience the muscle in their mouth and throat to work less effectively. This can making swallowing and chewing difficult. The chances of increased choking and drooling during eating also increase. The fear of choking and similar problems put many Parkinson’s patients to have inadequate nutrition. However, you don’t have to worry, because speech language therapist or occupation therapist can help you with regaining the lost control on your facial muscles. Reduced range of movements Exercise is important for everyone, but for people with Parkinson’s disease, it’s necessary to be part of some psychical therapy or exercise. This improves muscle tone, mobility and range of motion. Increased loss of balance and falls Parkinson’s disease can also influence your body’s ability to self-balance, making even the simple task of walking around a little risky and dangerous. So when you move, try not to make swift movements and give your body a chance to rebalance itself. Here are some more tips to avoid tripping while moving. • Don’t use pivotal movements to...

Study reveals a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure from farming

In the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders that was conducted last month in Berlin, Germany, a group of French scientists were able to find a correlation between the pesticides, farming and elevated risks of Parkinson’s disease. Sofiane Kab, together with her colleagues were able to demonstrate how the people of rural French areas were more prone to the development of Parkinson’s disease due to a higher exposure to pesticides that were used during farming. The authors were even able to relate to the regions that were typically more closely associated with pesticides and carried much higher risks. The aforementioned study used the French National Health Insurance databases and were able to identify that the rural areas had higher cases of Parkinson’s disease. But that’s not the only evidence, the study also found out a strong positive correlation between the parkinson’s disease and exposure to pesticides used during farming. There are many other studies that have shown a positive correlation between pesticide expose in rural areas and the higher risk of development of Parkinson’s disease. Agent Orange, pesticide and potential environmental risk factors continue to make news for their development of Parkinson’s disease, and it’s quite a norm for patients to confront worrisome headlines about harmful chemicals linked with it. Drs Carly Tanner and Samuel Goldman were able to run a study on the WWII veterans to analyse the effects of rural living habits and exposure to pesticides with the increased risk of developing Parkinson’s. For the study, all the participants chosen were twin pairs. This was done to control for the effects of genetics on...